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    Have to give a nod to William (henry fox talbot)
    Then there is Louis (Daguerre)
    Then Mathew (giving us the civil war)
    Alfred (who is famous for being influential and advanced photography as an art)
    from here it is more and more a matter of personal taste.
    Edward
    Ansel
    Irving
    Richard

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    I notice we keep dipping back into the 19th century for some of these. For strictly 20th century, I'd say, in no particular order,

    Robert (Mapplethorpe)
    Imogen (Cunningham)
    Sally (Mann)
    Diane(Arbus)
    Helmut (Newton - note inclusion does not mean endorsement)
    Richard (Avedon)
    Paul (Strand)
    Ansel (Adams)/Edward (Weston)/Aaron (Siskind) Three-way tie.

    I'm leaving Stieglitz and Steichen and the Pictorialists off of the 20th century list because Pictorialism was already dying by the 1920s, and the dominant 20th century aesthetic has been Modernist/post-Modernist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael R 1974 View Post
    "Greatest" is a ridiculous list. "Influential" might be slightly more realistic if we try to be somewhat objective. For example, I'd put HCB in the list of 8 most influential. I have to accept that. But he probably wouldn't be anywhere on my list of greatest photographers, no matter how long the list is.

    Thinking more about this, even making a list of influential photographers is not easy. Do we mean influential in some sort of complex academic way, or do we define it more simply as someone who has influenced many people to take up the hobby (and the style)? If it is the latter, I'd have to say Ansel Adams 8 times.
    +1 I agree entirely Michael, "the eight greatest" is a far too simplistic approach, because what criteria do you use to compare one with the others ?
    "some are born great. some achieve greatness, others have greatness thrust upon them" -Shakespeare- Twelfth Night
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    I am rather surprised that my name doesn't show up here.

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    "famous" would be more appropriate.

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    Way more than eight, and not all 20th-century, but here's some fun I had a while ago while thinking of some ideas for a t-shirt I'd like to wear...

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    My favorite thing is to go where I've never been. D. Arbus

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    OK, let's try without specific order...

    Henri (Cartier-Bresson)
    Duane (Michals)
    Diane (Arbus)
    Alexander (Rodchenko)
    George (Brassai)
    Gilles (Caron)
    Alfred (Stieglitz)
    Edward (Weston)

    As it is a personal list, there is no disagreement possible...
    "The problem with photography is that it only deals with appearances." Duane Michals

    "A photograph is a secret of a secret. The more it tells you the less you know." Diane Arbus

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    The first letter of each name should spell something photographic in nature as you go down the list...
    At least with LF landscape, a bad day of photography can still be a good day of exercise.

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    How about the 8 most overrated photographers? Or the 8 worst photographers who have had the most influence? Or the 8 worst or most overrated photographs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael R 1974 View Post
    How about the 8 most overrated photographers? Or the 8 worst photographers who have had the most influence? Or the 8 worst or most overrated photographs?



    dude ... are you lookin' for a fight ?!


    pugilism aside, i have found the most influential photographs
    to be the ones i found at a junk store for 1$ each regular people
    inexpensive cameras just photographing their friends, family
    and the mundane world around them ... not the folks who
    do their best to make some sort of "statement" ...

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